Four-month-old pit-bull puppies named Chase, Klondike, and Haagen Dazs have been recovered from horrid living conditions, the Washington Humane Society-Washington Animal Rescue League says.
On Wednesday morning, Metropolitan Police Department officers arrested Northeast resident Brenda Bullock and charged her with three counts of animal cruelty, according to the recently merged group. WHS-WARL officers retrieved the puppies on April 13, the group adds, and brought them to a veterinary hospital in Maryland. All were “suffering from chronic medical conditions that would have had to have gone months untreated to reach the level of severity…observed upon admission,” including mange, a skin disease caused by mites, WHS-WARL explains. Chase was “extremely emaciated and weak,” unable to walk on his own for more than a week at the hospital, and even needed a full blood transfusion.
“By the age of four months, Chase and his two siblings had experienced more suffering than any living being should be subjected to in a lifetime,” WHS-WARL President and CEO Lisa LaFontaine said in a statement. “Cruelty to animals in any form can never be tolerated and the people of our community should know that we will relentlessly pursue those that commit these crimes.”
City Desk has reached out to MPD for comment on the prevalence of animal-cruelty charges in the city. WHS-WARL says Haagen Dazs has been adopted and Klondike is now in foster care; Chase remains in a medical foster home, where he’s still receiving treatment. The three pups got more than $9,000 in care.
WHS-WARL is sponsoring a “Saving Chase” campaign to help support the pit-bull puppy’s medical costs.
Update, May 13: An MPD spokesperson says the department has issued seven animal-cruelty charges this year between Jan. 1 and May 11, including the one to Bullock. There six such charges over the same period in 2015.